I wonder if I have made the right decision. On another post I thought my doctor was going to go for an ALIF but after I saw him after my discogram, he changed it to a TLIF. However, he gave me a choice of just having L4/L5 fused, or having that AND L5/S1 because I have a herniation at L5/S1 and according to discogram, concordant pain but with more pressure then was needed for L4/L5.
He said it was up to me and I am like "aren't you the doctor?" LOL. He said I had 80% chance of success on a one level vs 50/50 for 2 level. My husband was with me and so I looked at him and I knew he was going to say go for the one with the better chances. Plus he is a very cautious man, never making rash decisions so I trust him.
But I wonder if I will just have to go back again for L5/S1 since I have been reading here that a fusion affects the disc above and below. Your thoughts and opinions please? See my signature for alternative therapies I have tried since 2009.
Grade 4 tear in l4/l5 was missed in first MRI so did injections for a year
SI joints "messed up" not sure if I will get them fused at a later time
Had Open PLIF L4/L5 5/28/13
Woke up to permanent nerve damage in legs and feet.